One of the easiest and most versatile nail art designs is the ombré nail. Though it’s not a new trend, it's one that has stuck around and withstood the test of time. With an unlimited combination of colors and tons of different styles, this gorgeous gradient look is always sure to impress. We talked to Sarah Bland, beauty ambassador at Smith & Cult, for her best tips and tricks on how to get this coveted look from the comfort of your couch.
If you’re not a nail art aficionado, fear not. We love this look because it only requires a few tools we already have in our makeup bag. “The easiest way to create an ombré look at home is to use an eye shadow applicator or a disposable makeup sponge that you can tear in half,” says Bland. Done deal. Want to learn some more tricks and garner killer nail inspiration? Keep scrolling.
If you’re looking to set yourself apart from the pack, try a horizontal ombré rather than the standard vertical variation. It’s just as easy to execute—just switch up the direction. What's more, you can skip a different polish shade and opt for glitter for the same effect—as is the case here.
Having difficulty creating an ombré nail with a sponge? Try it with dots. Use the tip of a pen or toothpick as a dotting tool, making them more sparse as you make your way toward the cuticle. You might even try experimenting with different sizes of dots or a single row of dots in varying shades of the same color.
These easy-to-recreate metallic gold nails are nothing short of stunning. Most notably, unlike many other ombré manicures, they require just one polish shade and a topcoat to create. Starting with clean nails, lightly paint gold polish from your tips toward your cuticles, stopping before reaching them. Let the sheer color dry and finish with topcoat for a simple-yet-rich, sun-kissed design.
Mercury Retrograde Ombré
Betina is usually known for her minimalistic and eyecatching designs, but we happen to love this mix of different all-over pinky hues. It's a modern update on the popular galaxy-inspired look!
Yet another example of the modern ombré, these pink ombre nails are a favorite on the 'gram. Nail artist Jessica Washick continues to create mini masterpieces for brands like Nike. While this mani doesn't have a matte finish like her popular jelly nails, we're still full-time swooning over these.
Up next: Learn how to craft the perfect gel mani at home.